MUSIC REVIEWS

Yardan “Buzzin’ Fly” (SINGLE)

There aren’t many string instruments that can contribute the sweet tone a mandolin does no matter what the backdrop happens to be, and while it serves a rather indulgent purpose in the new single “Buzzin’ Fly” from Yardan, Andrew Hendryx’s play is by far one of the most compelling elements …

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Eric Scott Stevens “Burnt Umber” (SINGLE)

“Burnt Umber” from Eric Scott Stevens’ third studio release the indelible afterimage is compelling from the first. Stevens paces the song as a rough-hewn ramble with echoes of guitar lifted out of Neil Young and Crazy Horse circa 1969 and strained with distinctive personality. Balancing the recognizable and idiosyncratic takes immense skill. …

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Charlie Cope “Americana And Whatever’s Left” (LP)

Charlie Cope comes out swinging for the fences in his debut album, Americana And Whatever’s Left. Crafted with a clear vision that his lyrics and molasses-drenched drawl combine to tell a story, much like the knob on a woodgrain, Cope’s music is branded with a fine stain that features sweltering melodic …

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Bobby and The Crew “Conqueror of Love” (SINGLE)

There is nothing quite like a feel-good pop song that reminds you of a sultry Summer night. Bobby and The Crew have gifted fans and first time listeners with their latest Single, Conqueror of Love. A Pop song that defies all convention by opting for horns and percussive instruments rather …

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Jonmosslol “BE ALRIGHT” (SINGLE)

Jonmosslol (the “lol” stands for “loneliness over love”, not what you were initially thinking) taps into a particular raw place with his single “BE ALRIGHT”, an aggressively titled song that upon listening to, you realize the spelling might be more indicative of a calming command versus an over enthusiasm. One …

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Ian Bouras “A Cure for Reality” (LP)

Critics and pundits have labeled Ian Bouras’ music as everything from alternative, reggae, New Age, and world. I hear all that and more in his work. He’s long since moved on from the comparatively commonplace musical landscapes he explores over the course of A Cure for Reality’s fourteen songs, but …

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